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While we live in the information age - with streams of data flowing all around us every day - people and relationships are still the most critical elements. Without the context of relationship that people bring, information is just a string of characters.

To that end, facilitating collaboration and building relationships is a critical component to our knowledge economy. An organization is more than its products or services. It is about the depth of its social network, breadth of knowledge, and the speed by which we can bring ideas to market.

Be a Change Agent. Be Future Ready.

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  • FMYI [for my innovation] is a collaboration software company committed to positively affecting society through sustainability and technology. \nLearn more at http://www.fmyi.com. \n
  • Powered by Human Energy\nWhile we live in the information age - with streams of data flowing all around us every day - people and relationships are still the most critical elements. Without the context of relationship that people bring, information is just a string of characters.\n\nTo that end, facilitating collaboration and building relationships is a critical component to our knowledge economy. An organization is more than its products or services. It is about the depth of its social network, breadth of knowledge, and the speed by which we can bring ideas to market.\n\nBe a Change Agent. Be Future Ready.\n\nA presentation by Graeme Byrd, Business Development & Collaboration Manager at FMYI [for my innovation], for the Special Libraries Association Southern California Chapter’s Professional Development Day:\nhttp://sla-scc.blogspot.com/2011/03/professional-day-may-6-2011-at-boeing.html\n
  • During this information age, people always play an important role. One person can make a difference. One person can create change. One person has the power.\n\nthe power of ONE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QzjqOl2N9c\n\n
  • As humans, we are about building networks of people. What are the value of networks to us? Networks are places for us to build relationships with other like-minded individuals so we can share best practices.\n\nWhy do we build our network?\nTo share best practices.\nTo build relationships.\n\n
  • How we built relationships has change over time...in 1998 “You’ve Got Mail” shows the power of email and SMS.\n
  • We have now gone beyond email and SMS. In 2011 people live their lives through the growing technology. Using the iPad for a new way of work with easy access to share information. Sharing information to our networks of people on Facebook, Twitter and other social media \nchannels. These fast growing channels are having amazing growth in user adoption. Over half the 500 million users are accessing Facebook through mobile devices. The top 3 twitter-users by number of followers have 8.0m (@barackobama), 9.6m (@justinbieber) and 10.0m (@ladygaga). These are not major news outlets. People are getting information from new sources. The average user on Facebook is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events and as a community of users, we are creating 890 pieces of content each month.\n\nTwitter - http://www.freshnetworks.com/blog/2011/03/twitter-numbers-and-statistics/\nFacebook - http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics\n\n
  • While we have new channels to share information, the types of relationships we have have not changed.\nWe have about 4-6 strong ties online that we interact with. We can handle up to 150 weak ties; people who we know the names of. This has always been the case on society; a reason why the Roman Army was in groups of 150.\nOur brains can only handle a limited number of names in the Weak and Temporary areas. Temporary Ties are becoming a common place online; A great resource for business.\n\nSources:\nThe magic number 150.\nSee the New York Post article “Buddy Brain Drain” where Robin Dunbar describes how different groups are made up of 150 people.\nNicholas Christakis and James Fowler have also studied this in modern groups. See the Harvard magazine article “Networks, Neolithics to Now” for an overview.\nStrong and Weak ties\nWikipedia provides a good overview of the research literature on strong and weak ties. Search for Interpersonal ties.\nMark Granovetterʼs paper “The Strength of Weak Ties.”\n
  • So I want us to STOP and think about the relationships we have. The power of the people we know. \nWhy is it important for us to collaborate? Why is it important for us to share knowledge and listen to others? What are the trends?\n
  • With all this information and the role of relationships, we also need to look at the emerging trends in society, many of which are coming from Gen Y (Millennials).\n\nSources:\nPewResearchCenter - www.pewresearch.org/millennials.\nPriceWaterhouseCooper Managing People 2020 - www.pwc.com/managingpeople2020\nJohnson Controls: Generation Y and the Workplace\n\n
  • Millennials are pushing us to collaborate and be creative. Looking at information in a new way and sharing it. \nTaking what is old (networking, sharing information) and putting a new twist on it. Just like on Glee.\n
  • FMYI has taken the idea of sharing information and working in to a new direction - providing tools for action in a social networking platform. \nIt is A New Day with FMYI. We are about gaining adoption and stickiness. Helping people with the new way of work.\n\nLearn more about A New Day with FMYI at http://www.fmyi.com/company.\n
  • With this new way of work, we feel it is about keeping things simple and focus.\n
  • Focusing on these top 10 things is important.\n
  • FMYI is your own private social network...\n
  • with tools for action. Allowing a company to share reach goals and improve productivity. Tracking resources, projects, contacts.\n
  • Features in FMYI include Thought Leader to help people know who the expert is around a topic.\n
  • On every page (for projects, resources and contacts), you can post messages, files, links, events (appointments), and tasks. Sharing information with others working on the project.\n
  • Getting work done takes a team of people to collaborate. The FMYI Team Task feature allows you to produce simple surveys and tasks for all members on a team.\n
  • Nike: 7000 active users maximizing R&D investment efficiency\nHyatt: Enabling corporate rollout and results gathering of green\nAflac: sales performance enhancement (prospecting, client followups, best practice sharing)\nHBO: strategic planning integration and LA production\n
  • To be successful, first you need to set a clear goal that will bring motivated people together.\n
  • With your goal set, cut through the red tape. Develop your business case to address the goal.\n
  • Make it easy to succeed. Set things up to minimize the barrier to adoption and create conditions to maximize adoption to get work done.\n
  • Help. It is critical to understand how you can help the team achieve so give them a hand. Involve key “change agents” in the planning process. A team of “change agents” will help everyone get on the right path.\n
  • After getting started, the team must continue to practice. To me karaoke takes practice for continuous improve to support your team. Work together and you will sing in harmony.\n
  • Dream. Dream about what you want to do to create change? Dream about how A New Day looks like for you.\n
  • It is important to dream. Kevin Carroll’s dream is to change the world through sport. How can a ball change the world? Kevin is a Change agent. \n
  • Are you a Change agent? Unite.\nhttp://www.changeagentsunite.com\n
  • What are some challenges you face?\n
  • FMYI is committed to empowering teams to make a difference.\n
  • If you have any questions please contact Graeme Byrd (graeme@fmyi.com), Business Development & Collaboration Manager.\nTwitter: @graemefbyrd\nAbout.me: http://www.about.me/graemefbyrd\n\n
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    3. 3. Power of one.
    4. 4. Networking.
    5. 5. Email + SMS.
    6. 6. 500 million users 50% sign in each day 700b min/month 900m objects 200 million users 110m Tweets per day 1,200 Tweets per second (tps)Tech.
    7. 7. Strong Ties Weak Ties Temporary TiesRelationships.
    8. 8. Trends.
    9. 9. Collaboration.Creativity.
    10. 10. A New Day.
    11. 11. Easy and fun Facebook-like interface with team building features. All the tools for action that you need in one place: resources (messages, links, files, calendar, reference library), projects (tasks, events, surveys, forms), contacts (CRM features), reports, more. Cost effective solution that you can start using in minutes with responsive support for setup and ongoing customer service. Innovative sustainability features and commitment.Focus.
    12. 12. 1. Bring people together: everything in one virtual place for staff andconsultants.2. Social networking: profiles, teams, flexible access permissions.3. Share files: find latest version, get email alerts, have a connecteddiscussion.4. Track interactions: contact management (notes, categories, background).5. Get things done: manage projects with tasks, updates, discussions.6. Innovate: group calendar (milestones, key dates), feed, reporting, search.7. Access anywhere: outside the firewall, fast, mobile, telecommute, localize.8. Easily rollout: quick launch with templates, support, training.9. Be sustainable: commuting, energy, printing/shipping, green teams, learn.10. Adapt: admin configuration flexibility, custom feature options, integration.The top ten.
    13. 13. Create a private social network…Social network.
    14. 14. Tools for action.
    15. 15. Case Studies.
    16. 16. Rally your team around a goal:• Bring together people motivated to work together to achieve a goal.• Make it clear what they are empowered and responsible for contributing.• Get support from leadership and share the results of the collaboration.Goal.
    17. 17. Cut through the red tape:• Focus on how your collaborative effort addresses a specific goal.• Focus in on how the collaborative effort benefits them.• Lean on your partners for help - we’re all in it together, and learning together.Biz case.
    18. 18. Make it as easy as getting back on a bike: • To minimize the barrier to adoption, set things up so the collaboration is as natural and familiar as possible, and integrated into day to day responsibilities. • With the rise of social networking, embrace the spirit of new ways to engage people. • To create the conditions for maximum adoption, provide easy and ongoing ways for people to collaborate together to answer questions, shareSimplify. updates, and get things done.
    19. 19. Give a helping hand right at the start: • It’s critical to understand how you can help the team achieve its goals, and build the collaborative effort around that. This includes learning what motivates most team members. • Involve key “change agent” team members in planning the rollout. They will give great input and assistance with getting others on board. • Schedule a kick off training event (in person, virtual via webinar, or a pre-recorded video/slide tour) to convey excitement of the benefits in addition to showing how things work.Help.
    20. 20. Like karaoke, you need to rely on continuous improvement:• You can count on not getting it completely right the first time.• Ongoing support for the entire team is important for input to refine things.• It’s essential to have a solution that easy to update and change on your own.• Incorporating sustainability can help increase performance.Practice.
    21. 21. What are somechallenges you face?
    23. 23. Thank you! graeme@fmyi.com @graemefbyrdwww.about.me/graemefbyrd